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Official Xbox Magazine March 2019

Official Xbox Magazine is North America's only all-Xbox monthly publication, dedicated to delivering the latest information on the hottest current and upcoming Xbox games. Each issue comes packed with breaking details and first looks, as well as more in-depth commentary and expert analysis on all of the latest trends and thriving culture that surrounds the games industry. 

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Future Publishing Limited US
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13 Issues


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we ‘heart’ indie games!

Editor Chris has been digging deep into the history of Xbox fighting games this month, so he’s knackered his best controller through all the spamming and button-mashing that comprises his unique fighting ‘style’. We’ve a very special issue for you this month, as we celebrate 1,000-plus games of ID@Xbox with a very special cover. Microsoft’s programme is a remarkable thing, and this milestone is one of which they should rightly be proud. So many wonderful and original games have been created by independent developers and released via ID@Xbox over the years – and it’s still going from strength to strength. In our cover feature this month, we talk to programme head Chris Charla about the history and bright future of ID@Xbox, and get the experiences of some of the brilliant indie developers…

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It’s still early in the year, but already 2019 is proving to be full of surprises. Not least the news that Bungie, the legendary game developers behind Halo, have split with Activision. What does this mean for the future of its awesome Destiny franchise? Bungie is retaining the IP, so more independent creative control should only mean good things for the future of the series, as we find out on page 8! Looks like fans of The Elder Scrolls Online are in for a great 2019, meanwhile, as we discover on page 12. Zenimax Media has revealed that not only are dragons coming to the MMORPG, but also a huge new chapter set in the Khajiit homeland of Elsweyr. Elsewhere (ahem), we report on Microsoft’s big cheese of gaming, Phil…

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forging a new destiny

There are many things that we’re expecting for 2019 but we certainly weren’t expecting this. Early last month Bungie surprised the gaming world by announcing that it would be parting ways with Activision, effectively ending the ten-year publishing agreement between the two companies with the Destiny franchise. Bungie also confirmed that it would be retaining the Destiny IP, as per their initial agreement with Activision, and taking over publishing and distribution rights. A statement from Bungie on its website reads in part, “We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny. Looking ahead, we’re excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while…

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oxm says

Russell Lewin So are we going to see Destiny 3? Who knows? (Are we going to see Romancing The Stone 3, for that matter.) I think we will – in fact I can’t see why it wouldn’t happen if there was demand for the game, which there clearly is. Remember: you call the shots. Chris Burke Destiny is an awesome game, and all credit to Activision for getting behind it, but it’s also exciting to see Bungie take full creative control of its future projects – whether that’s more Destiny, or whatever the hell Matter might be… Adam Bryant Destiny is a huge franchise and without Activision around to deal with the publishing side of things, Bungie will have to do this itself. Which means it’s probably got a lot to learn to make sure…

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what’s the matter?

Thanks to the announcement of Bungie and Activision’s separation, talk is now swirling around what’s in store for the studio in the future. Last year Bungie saw a huge investment of $100 million from Chinese tech and gaming company NetEase, a company that specialises in online games. At the same time this investment gave NetEase a minority stake in the Bungie studio and a seat on its board of directors. It’s no secret that Bungie wants to create new games outside of Destiny, as part of the announcement from Bungie at the time stated that its goal was “to become an entertainment company that sustains many worlds simultaneously – Destiny and new worlds to come”. This investment will go towards helping it build these worlds. There was also the leaked…

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elder scrolls gets dragons!

The fire-breathing fiends return to Zenimax Online’s fantasy world for the first time since Skyrim, and will be the focus of a year-long series of interconnected stories as part of the Season of the Dragon event. This epic tale kicks off with the Wrathstone DLC pack in February, and will span four updates throughout the year, with a dungeon pack and story pack arriving later in 2019. But the centrepiece to it all will be a huge new chapter, ESO: Elsweyr, which opens up the Khajiit ancestral homeland to ESO players. The great dragon Kaalgrontild and other dragons are threatening to burn Elsweyr to the ground, putting the cat-faced Khajiit in fear for their fur. Elsweyr will release on Xbox One on 4 June, and the new zone will be similar…